I have compassion or at least empathy for the TSA workers doing a difficult job under difficult circumstances. I get the comments some of them have made about it's not like they want to be doing this.
The thing is, I don't care
, there are some jobs that are not worth doing and not worthy of the explanation that you are just doing your job. Your job is in the wrong.
One, the means are questionable at best. At worst they are an out and out invasion of privacy and like certain other jobs allow a person more authority than they should have over another human being. The abuses of this authority practically scream that the people doing the hiring are not screening properly for 'bad seeds'. Police officers, prison guards, and other enforcement personnel need to be screened and monitored much more closely than we are doing because abuses of power cannot and should not be tolerated within their ranks.
Two, the lists keeps growing that the entire group is massively under trained for what they are doing which makes a lot of sense when the reality is that health care professionals should be on hand at every single one of these places to handle customers with extenuating circumstances. TSA Pat down leaves Michigan Man Covered in Urine
. Really? You humiliate a man because you are not trained to deal with cancer survivors or any other person who has sustained an injury or illness that requires them to use a urostomy bag. This is not someone picking on you doing your job, this is stark reality where in being a TSA official does not make you a nurse or even a paramedic with the slightest idea of what you are doing. Just like you weren't qualified to make a breast cancer survivor remove her prosthetic breast And you were damn sure not qualified to traumatize a four year old boy by making him remove leg braces that he needs to walk with and then demand he go through screening without them. but they apologized, that makes it all better, not.
It is absolutely critical that someone who knows the dangers and loss of dignity a disabled person or a survivor of an illness or injury can suffer be there for these people and the TSA has not provided them and their agents are not qualified, period, to be doing this job. They are eventually going to endanger a person's life with their ignorance, if not out and out kill them.
Number three, you deserve to be decked. I'm sorry. There are humiliations that a person should never be put through and trying to excuse it as doing your job means that you should have been trained by a psychologist, a psychiatrist, or other mental/emotional health professional to recognize and handle a person put under duress. Clearly that is not the TSA agents.
Who have felt it was okay to pat down a woman who is menstruating
. A woman who was made to endure a humiliating fondling, "so invasive that I was left crying and dealing with memories that I thought had been dealt with years ago of prior sexual assaults."
Also had no problem humiliating a mother traveling with her own breast milk for her son
. Despite their own rules stating how to handle breast milk as a medical liquid.
This one is particularly classy because the police officer makes it clear that they targeted her for being difficult before about them not following their own guidelines and it is clearly pre-meditated harassment.
So my support goes out to the people who have to endure what would be considered inappropriate behavior in virtually any place of business in the United States. And it is to them that my sympathy goes if they become so irate, so upset or so traumatized by poorly executed policies that they lose their temper/composure and threaten or even hit the person causing these extreme emotions.
I have no idea how to get the concept out there for others to see but the end line is that the TSA are not qualified to do what they are doing. All outrage, all angst set aside, this is clearly a case of inappropriate use of man power with inadequate training. If they are not trained health officials in physical, mental and emotional health then they have no business handling a person's body when the threat of further damage physical, emotional, or mental is so great.
That's the message that every elected representative needs to hear, needs to know and needs to understand.